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Global Entry Enrollment on Arrival
I recently flew back from the United Kingdom and finally had the opportunity to do my Global Entry Interview on Arrival. This is also known as the “Enrollment on Arrival” which is a program designed for those who are conditionally-approved for Global Entry, but require an in-person interview. I originally got Global Entry back in September of 2014 and have encouraged any-and-everyone I know to sign up.
I’d highly recommend reading our full breakdown of Global Entry here.
My Global Entry was up for renewal in September of 2019, and during the renewal process I, unfortunately, didn’t land an automatic renewal. Long story short, it required me to complete an interview to get fully approved. Almost 2 years later…Here’s how it went.
It’s been 2 years for a couple of reasons…
- When you’re conditionally approved you can continue to use the kiosks ( I believe this is usually 6 months, but Covid has created multiple extensions )
- Last week was the first time I’d flown back into the country since January of 2020
Who can do Enrollment on Arrival or Interview on Arrival
Straight from the horse’s mouth:
What is Enrollment on Arrival? Global Entry applicants who are conditionally-approved can complete their interviews, the last step of the Global Entry process, while they are clearing through United States Customs and Border Protection or Pre-Clearance.
Where can I complete my enrollment on arrival or interview on arrival?
Enrollment on Arrival is now available at the following locations:
- Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS)
- Abu Dhabi international Airport (AUH)
- Aeropuerto Internacional Reina Beatrix in Oranjestad, Aruba (AUA)
- Baltimore/Washington International Airport (MWI)
- Boston Logan International Airport (BOS)
- Buffalo Niagara International Airport (BUF)
- Calgary International Airport (YYC)
- Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT)
- Chicago Midway Airport (MDW)
- Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG)
- Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE)
- Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW)
- Denver International Airport (DEN)
- Detroit Metropolitan International Airport (DTW)
- Dublin Airport (DUB)
- Edmonton International Airport (YEG)
- Fairbanks International Airport (FAI)
- Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL)
- Fresno Yosemite International Airport (FAT)
- George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) in Houston
- Halifax International Airport (YHZ)
- Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL)
- Honolulu International Airport (HNL)
- John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York (JFK)
- John Glenn Columbus International Airport (CMH)
- Kansas City International Airport (MCI)
- Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
- Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY)
- Metropolitan Oakland International Airport (OAK)
- McCarren International Airport (LAS) in Las Vegas
- Miami International Airport (MIA)
- Minneapolis St. Paul International Airport (MSP)
- Montreal-Pierre Elliot Trudeau International Airport (YUL)
- Luis Munoz Marin International Airport San Juan (SJU)
- Lynden Pindling Nassau International Airport (NAS)
- Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR)
- Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport(SJC)
- O’Hare International Airport (ORD) in Chicago
- Orlando International Airport (MCO)
- OrlandoSanford International Airport (SFB)
- Ottawa International Airport (YOW)
- Philadelphia International Airport (PHL)
- Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX)
- Portland International Airport (PDX)
- Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU)
- Reno-Tahoe International Airport (RNO)
- Sacramento International Airport (SMF)
- Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC)
- San Antonio International Airport (SAT)
- San Diego International Airport (SAN)
- San Francisco International Airport (SFO)
- Seattle Tacoma International Airport (SEA)
- Shannon Airport (SNN)
- St. George’s Bermuda International Airport (BDA)
- St. Louis Lambert International Airport (STL)
- Tampa International Airport (TPA)
- Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (ANC)
- Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ)
- Vancouver International Airport (YVR)
- Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD)
- William P. Hobby Airport (HOU) in Houston
- Winnipeg James Armstrong international Airport(YWG)
Check the CBP.gov website for an updated list of participating airports.
Which credit cards reimburse the fee?
Here’s a list of cards that will give you a statement credit when you use them to pay for Global Entry.
- Amex Plat – any version
- Chase Sapphire Reserve
- Citi Prestige
- Citi Executive ( Black one)
- Ritz Card from Chase
- New IHG Premier card from Chase
- Barclay Aviator Silver
- Capital One Venture
- Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant from American Express
- United Explorer Card
How was my experience at Chicago O’Hare?
I recently flew in from London ( Mid July 2021 ) and completed my Enrollment on Arrival after I landed. As a point of reference, I had a fantastic flight using 57.5k Alaska miles to fly on AA’s 787-9.
Pictures are prohibited so here is the play by play
As an FYI, while you’re conditionally approved, you can continue to use the Global Entry kiosks – I thought I needed to see an agent, but was told that it was unnecessary and to simply go through the Global Entry kiosks, then proceed to the interview.
- I proceeded to an agent who instructed me to hop in line for enrollment on arrival – if you stand with your back to the Global Entry kiosks, the line was queued along the wall, the furthest to the left
- I was 3rd in line and I waited for roughly 25-30 minutes
- There was a family that took roughly 20 minutes
- The couple who was in front of me took about 5-7 minutes minutes
- When it was my turn I simply handed the agent my passport, my ID ( which wasn’t used ), and my old Global Entry card.
- I was interviewed – pretty much have you ever been arrested, is everything still accurate
- In total, the interview was 5 to 7 minutes
- I was approved
Here is what the CBP requests you bring to your enrollment on arrival
In addition to your entrydocument (e.g., your passport), you will need documents providing evidence of residency. Examples are driver’s license (if the address is current), mortgage statement, rental payment statement, utility bill, etc. This is not required for minors.
After I was approved, everything was handed back to me, and I was told I’d receive a new card in the mail + a new number. However, as far as the system is concerned, I.e. how its linked to my passport, I’m good to go with Global right now. The biggest reason I even need the number is because of TSA Pre and loading my trusted traveler number on my loyalty accounts so it auto-populates at booking.
I would budget 30 to 45 minutes for the process. I thought it would be 5 or 10 and I’d breeze through, but parties with multiple members may take longer. Luckily my arriving flight was early and we had extra time to spare otherwise, had it been a tighter connection, we would have been in a pickle.
Overall – super easy and I’d highly recommend if you qualify/ need to.
The Chase Sapphire Preferred is a great starter card that earns Premium Ultimate Rewards that can be transferred into over a dozen partners many of which are US based.
60k Points after $4k spend in 3 months
80k offer in branch currently – I think this should be online soon
Transferrable Chase Ultimate Rewards
Super solid welcome offer.
If you carry this card alongside Chase’s cashback cards like the Chase Freedom Flex℠and Chase Freedom Unlimited® or the business versions: Ink Business Cash , Ink Business Unlimited you can combine the points into Preferred account and transfer into hotel and airline partners
Annual fee is quite low at $95 a year + you get a 10% anniversary bonus on points + $50 hotel credit in Chase travel.
- 3x on dining
- including eligible delivery services for takeout
- 3x on select streaming services
- 3x on online grocery purchases
- (excluding Target, Walmart and wholesale clubs)
- 5x on all travel purchased through Chase Ultimate Rewards – Chase Travel Portal
- $50 Annual Credit on hotel stays purchased via Ultimate Rewards/Chase Travel
- The begins immediately for new cardmembers and after your account anniversary for existing cardmembers
- 10% Anniversary Bonus
- Every year you keep the card, your total spend will yield a 10% points bonus. If you spend $10k in a year, you’ll get 1k bonus points
- Chase Sapphire Preferred® continues to redeem at 1.25c in the Chase Travel Portal and the slew of other benefits remain in tact including primary rental car insurance, purchase protections, etc.
- Points are transferrable to 13 Ultimate Rewards partners
- Redeem in the Chase Travel center for 1.25 cents per point
- No foreign transaction fees
- Suite of Travel and Purchase Coverage
- Primary rental car coverage is my favorite
There is currently an 80k offer after $4k spend in 3 months available in branch, and up to 90k after $6k spend in 6 months. I suspect some version of this will be online soon if you don’t want the hassle of going into a branch.
We keep an up to date spreadsheet that lists the best ever offers: You can find that spreadsheet here.
Historically 60k is a very, very good offer. In 2021, we saw the offer hit an all time high of 100k. Who knows if that will ever come back. .
Cards that earn flexible points and should be used on the bulk of your purchases.
Cards that earn fixed points in the currency of the airline/hotel and can not be transferred at attractive rates. These cards yield benefits that make it worth keeping, but not necessarily worth putting a lot of your everyday spend on.